It was reported in September that Audi’s forthcoming pure electric crossover that will be launched in early 2018, could be built in Belgium. Now a new report from De Morgen seems to confirm that the decision has been made to build the Audi Q6 e-tron (name unconfirmed) in the country.
The Volkswagen Group-owned Volkswagen Vorst plant became Audi-branded in 2008 and currently builds only one model – the Audi A1. The smallest car from Audi’s line-up arrived in 2010. Reports say that it will move to second generation in 2018 or 2019 and when that happens, its production will be relocated to Seat plant in Martorell near Barcelona, Spain. The Q6 e-tron crossover will enter production in 2016.
According to the new report, the production plant’s decision was confirmed at the World Works Council of Volkswagen which took place last week. The company will hold talks with the Belgian government this week, but an official announcement however may not be made before the end of the month. The Belgian government has proposed a €100 million aid package for convincing the German automaker to build the forthcoming electric crossover in the country.
The Audi Q6 e-tron is expected to be significantly localised in Belgium. Speaking to the publication, Erik De Clercq of Algemeen Belgisch Vakverbond (General Federation of Belgian Labour), confirmed that the battery will also be produced in the Audi Brussels plant.
The Audi Q6 e-tron was previewed by the Audi e-tron quattro concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA) last month. The production version will be built on the second-generation of the automaker’s modular longitudinal platform (MLB 2).
Announcing the battery-electric crossover at the company’s Annual Press Conference 2015, Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management at Audi AG for Technical Development, said that the vehicle will have “a new, very attractive design” which the company is “developing especially for the e-tron range and for battery-electric vehicles”. It will have a driving range of more than 500 km, the technical chief confirmed.
[Source: De Morgen]